BROWARD, Fla. - Actress Aniela McGuinness has booked roles in "Rock of Ages," "Burn Notice" and "Charlie's Angels."
In her bio, McGuiness says doing standup comedy kept her sane, while her mom was dying of ovarian cancer in 2013.
"I had been performing for seven years prior to that, but in those hard moments improv gave me permission to laugh," she said.
When she learned she tested positive for BRCA1, a genetic mutation that increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, she moved forward with plans to have preventive surgeries. But then the unexpected happened.
McGuinness has an ongoing fundraiser to make her "I Don't Have Cancer" documentary.35856168
ANIELA MCGUINNESS: If cancer could speak, what would it say? This video answers that. There are so many emotions that swirl through your head when you are diagnosed with cancer. Holding my mother's hand as she died from ovarian cancer, and then to being diagnosed myself a year later, has made me question, "What am I not learning here?" This poem was what came out. Subscribe to her YouTube channel >
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